New £90m road scheme proves a hit with Stubbington villagers

Michael Schmidt from Gosport, looking at the plans.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141635-9465)
Michael Schmidt from Gosport, looking at the plans.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141635-9465)
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CURIOUS residents eager to see details of a proposed Stubbington bypass packed a community centre.

The second wave of public consultations about road improvements kicked off with an exhibition at Crofton Community Centre in Stubbington, yesterday.

A raft of improvements costing £90m have been proposed to make access to the Gosport peninsula easier, boosting jobs and homes.

These include a two-mile Stubbington bypass, a new Newgate Lane south, changes to Peel Common roundabout and improvements to the A27 Segensworth to Fareham.

The consensus among residents was welcoming and positive, although some raised concerns about the road cutting across fields and the impact that would have on the environment and also about the noise generated for people living nearby.

Council workers were on hand to answer questions.

Irene Locke, 58, of Swanton Close, Stubbington, said: ‘I was concerned about noise and where the road would be going but I have spoken to the council officers who have put my mind at rest by showing me how much screening there will be.’

Graham Wood, 73, of Chapelside, Titchfield, said: ‘Stubbington needs it. It’s getting mad out there. I’m all for it.’

Michael Berridge, 69, of Conqueror Way, Stubbington, said he was concerned traffic would simply bottleneck elsewhere. ‘Quay Street roundabout is the biggest single problem getting into Gosport,’ he said.

Frank Jennings, 67, of Fitzwilliam Avenue, said he was ‘totally for it’ but sceptical as to whether the money would ever be secured. The council has put in for a bid for the money from central government and a decision is expected next month.

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for transport Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘Alleviating the traffic congestion in this area has been one of my top priorities.

‘This round of consultation will give people a chance to show their support, raise concerns and suggest improvements as we wait for confirmation of funding.’

Exhibitions will be held at Titchfield Community Centre from 3pm to 8pm tomorrow, Lee-on-the-Solent Community Centre from 2pm to 7pm on Friday, and Fareham Academy on Monday from 4pm to 7pm.

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